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Gerrard plays LA Galaxy game with Liverpool shin pads

Steven Gerrard has proved he still loves Liverpool by playing for LA Galaxy in shin pads with the Reds' crest on.

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Gerrard inspired his new side to victory as he marked his MLS debut with a goal as former England captain and LA Galaxy star David Beckham watched on.

The 34-year-old also had a role in two of Robbie Keane's three goals as Galaxy came from behind to beat San Jose Earthquakes 5-2.

Gerrard left Liverpool in May, admitting he had lost the "buzz" of playing for his boyhood club when his game time diminished under Brendan Rodgers last season.

Gerrard scores on MLS debut

Steven Gerrard scored on his MLS debut. Credit: Reuters

Steven Gerrard marked his Major League Soccer debut with a goal as he inspired the Los Angeles Galaxy to a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Watched by former Galaxy star David Beckham at StubHub Center, the ex-Liverpool and England captain scored one and had a hand in two of Robbie Keane's three goals to help the hosts win the 'California Clasico' and go top of the Western Conference.

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Rodgers confirms that Gomez will stay at Liverpool

Gomez won't be heading out on loan. Credit: Reuters

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that new defender Joe Gomez will not be leaving on loan this season.

Gomez, 18, joined from Charlton earlier this summer and Rodgers confirmed that he will be part of the first-team.

"He’s staying. I’ve seen enough in this period; you judge young players, I always bring them in and over pre-season have a good idea of whether we’re going to keep them or not," Rodgers told lfctour.com

“Seeing him, in particular close at hand and his personality – he’ll be staying, he’ll get games.

“He’s only 18 years of age, but seeing him play at left-back for the first time, he looked an outstanding athlete and a really good footballer. I’ve seen him at centre-half and at right-back, but I wanted to see him at left-back – and I thought he was outstanding.” Liverpool are expected to complete the signing of Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke in the next few days after triggering his £32.5million release clause.

Liverpool trigger Benteke clause with £32.5m bid

Christian Benteke could be on his way to Anfield. Credit: PA

Liverpool are one step closer to signing striker Christian Benteke from Aston Villa after bidding £32.5million to trigger his release clause.

Ian Ayre, Liverpool's chief executive, will now hold talks with Aston Villa over the finer details of the transfer, which should be a formality.

Liverpool to trigger Benteke £32.5m release clause

Christian Benteke could be off to Anfield. Credit: PA

Liverpool look to be closing in on a deal for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke by triggering the Belgian's £32.5million release clause.

The striker has been linked with moves to Anfield and Manchester United, but only the Merseyside club are now frontrunners to sign him.

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Kovacic turns down Liverpool move

Kovacic says he wants to stay at Inter Milan. Credit: PA

Croatia playmaker Mateo Kovacic has ruled out a move to the Barclays Premier League this summer, instead expressing a wish to remain at Inter Milan.

The 21-year-old has been strongly linked with Liverpool, with reports in Italy claiming the Reds are willing to spend 30 million euros (#21m) on the player.

However, Kovacic, who signed a contract extension with Inter for another four seasons back in January, has no intention of leaving the San Siro any time soon.

"Inter have never said they want to sell me, never," Kovacic said to Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. "I want to stay here. I will not leave.

"That's what I wanted, that's what my renewal until 2019 shows, there will be a long relationship between myself and Inter."

Liverpool on Tuesday sold winger Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49m and have money to spend in the transfer market.

"Could I replace Sterling? We have two different roles," Kovacic said. "It's not for me to say whether there have been any offers from the Reds or not, hopefully that's down to my agent.

"That said, I reiterate that I want to stay here."

Liverpool's new signing to wear number 11 shirt

Firmino joined Liverpool this summer. Credit: PA

Liverpool have confirmed that their new £29million signing Roberto Firmino will wear the number 11 shirt.

Nathaniel Clyne, who also joined the club this summer, will wear No.2 for the Reds while Joe Gomez will don the No.12 and Adam Bogdan is the club's new No.34.

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